On Sunday, February 6, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas will host the largest gay and lesbian cruise ever. Atlantis Events, Inc. specializes in all-gay and lesbian cruises. Already, 5,400 people have signed up for the 7-night Western Caribbean cruise that will leave from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 2012, the cruise will set sail on January 29. Royal Caribbean will start the sale of that cruise on February 23, 2011.
For more information and to read full story, go to Atlantisevents.com.
On Monday, January 31, 2011, the adventure cruise line M/V Polar Star struck an uncharted rock while anchoring near Detaille Island off of Antarctica. Passengers aboard the Polar Star got a small taste of what it must have felt like aboard the Titanic when it hit an iceberg on April 15, 1912.
Eighty passengers, including 32 Americans, were traveling from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Drake Passage (between Ushuaia and Antarctica), then back to Ushuaia. No injuries were reported. The ship suffered minor damage and within hours was able to travel at a safe cruising speed, according to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. Although the damage on the M/V Polar Star was minor, the Drake Passage is known for rough seas, so on Wednesday, February 2, the Polar Star captain and other officials made the decision to evacuate the ship.
The M/V Polar Star will head back to Ushuaia for minor repairs.
Disney Cruise Line announced today that all kids under 17 years of age cruise for free when traveling with 2 full-fare guests. Travel on an Alaskan Disney Cruise Line must depart between May 3 and June 7, 2011. This offer won’t last long, so if you have Alaska on the brain, act now! More details on how to book at disneycruise.com.
See our photo picks for Super Cruise Ships and our Cruising: Before You Go tips in our Cruises section.
As the protests in Egypt continue, travelers in the Northern African region are packing up and heading out. Flights are being rescheduled and cruisers are drifting along the Nile River, wondering where their next port of call will be. According to CruiseCritic.com several cruise lines are adjusting their schedules and canceling future trips to Egypt, until the unrest has settled. Norwegian Cruise Line’s the Norwegian Jade, will adjust its itinerary in order to avoid a stop in Alexandria and will replace the missed port with 2 nights in Istanbul. Many other cruise lines are making similar changes to accommodate their passengers.
For a complete list of lines and their current schedule changes, visit CruiseCritic.com.
It’s Wave Season and that means it’s time to book your cruise for 2011-2012. According to CruiseCritic.com and industry leaders, Wave Season is the time between January and March when cruise lines offer deep discounts for the coming year and as a result, more cruises are booked during this time.
Book a trip on Royal Caribbean to the Bahamas for a 3-night cruise with prices starting at $199, or a 4-night cruise to the Western Caribbean from $249. Royal Caribbean isn’t the only cruise line with the deep discounts — board the Norwegian Cruise Line and receive a free upgrade!
See our guide to the Eastern Caribbean, Family Cruises and more in our Cruises section.
Cruising in 2011? Where to? Post a comment on our blog.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Are you ready? Start things off right with our mouthwatering Chocolate Porn slideshow. And if you’re looking for a little added excitement in the bedroom, check out our Top Aphrodisiacs slideshow — not all the rumors you hear are false!
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats? Post a comment on this blog.
Attention all Mouseketeers, Libya lovers and Aussies, please report to the lido deck!
Disney Cruise Line’s new Disney Dream will depart on its maiden voyage to Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay, on Jan 26. The 1,250-cabin ship has a water coaster on the top deck and virtual portholes in every inside cabin that display a constant video feed of the outside view. You heard it here first, folks. Disney is trying to “imagineer” our minds.
Carnival just announced that its 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit will be based in Sydney, Australia, starting in October 2012. It will offer 8- to 13-day trips to the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. There’s just one small problem, the ship can’t fit under the Sydney Harbor Bridge, so passengers will need to voyage from the Circular Quay’s Passenger Terminal.
Beginning Nov. 16, Crystal Cruises’ 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity will be welcome at the Libyan Port of Tripoli during the ship’s 11-day “Italian Splendor” trip from Venice to Barcelona. Why now? Libya has recently loosened its ban on American tourists, so ancient relics and ruins beware … here we come!
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